Location of Arete Outdoor Centre
in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Arete outdoor centre is located in Gwynedd, North Wales. Nearby are the majestic mountains of Snowdonia, expansive lakes, and the coast of Anglesey that has both beaches and cliffs.
- Rural setting in the village of Llanrug located between the tourist towns of Caernarfon and Llanberis
- Short drive to the many first class outdoor activity venues
- Shop, public house and eatery all nearby
- Outdoor shops and tourist attractions 5 minutes away
- Stunning views of the mountain peaks in Snowdonia National Park from the doorstep
The Snowdonia (or Eryri in Welsh) National Park contains some of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the UK, including Snowdon the highest in England and Wales. Covering 823 square miles, it was the first designated park in Wales back in 1951. The mountain walking is well known with either straightforward paths to rocky scrambles up hills from 400m to mountains over 1000m in elevation. Across the park are world renowned cliffs for rock climbing, offering great introductory areas or long multi pitch adventures. The rivers provide white water rivers of all grades and sheltered lakes located in between for playing. The slate mines and quarries provide the opportunity to explore the park’s historical past. More information on Snowdonia can be seen on the government website – Snowdonia National Park.
The bridges over to the island of Anglesey, or Ynys Môn in Welsh, are just 15 minutes drive from Arete Outdoor Centre. The island is the largest in Wales, with a 200km coastline that includes sea cliffs for coasteering, beaches for surf, and great venues for sea kayaking. Being an island it offers all aspects for either exposure to the waves or sheltered bays out of the wind. It also has the Menai Straits, the tidal water separating Anglesey from the main land, where we go on sheltered canoe and kayak journeys. The micro climate of Anglesey often provides dry and sunny weather, more comparable to the south east of the UK. We often use the nice weather to explore the climbing venues on the sea cliffs of Rhoscolyn and Gogarth or inland on Holyhead Mountain, an outcrop of quartzite rock. More information on the island can be be seen on the council website Visit Anglesey.
Travelling to Arete
For sat nav users please input LL55 4AP. The A55 dual carriage way along the North Wales coast provides quick and easy access to North Wales connecting the motorways from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London. At junction 11 on the A55 signs can be followed for Llanberis and then Llanrug after passing Lake Padarn. Turn left just before the Glyntwrog public house and we are located 200m up the hill.
- Liverpool: 75 miles away, 1 hours 40
- Manchester: 100 miles away, 1hour 50
- Brimingham: 125 miles away, 2 hours 45
- Worcester: 180 miles away 3 hours
- London: 270 miles away, 4 hours 40
The nearest rail station is Bangor, which is about 15 minute drive from the centre. There are various train routes that connect at Chester, including 2/3 hour train journeys from London. Some of these fast trains continue to Holyhead Port, stopping at Bangor. If not a local train connection can be made at Chester. Pickups can be possible from the station otherwise bus or taxi options are available.